3 Steps To Treat Eye Bags For A More Refreshed Look
Have you ever woken up in the morning after a rough night of sleep and noticed dark, puffy bags under your eyes? Unfortunately, the older you get, the more prone you are to eye bags and under-eye wrinkles. As I’m sure you know, there are many indicators of age that can show up on your skin. But what you may not realize is one of the first places most people notice aging skin is under your eyes.
Eye bags, dark circles, and under-eye wrinkles can be very frustrating. No matter your age or skin type, they can cause you to look much more stressed, tired, and older than you actually are.
And if you’re like most women, you’re probably tired of looking in the mirror and seeing these visible signs of aging. But that’s why we’re here. Keep reading to learn more about what causes eye bags and how to help reduce and prevent their appearance for a more refreshed, youthful look — no matter how tired you actually are.
What Causes Eye Bags?
Before you can begin treating your eye bags, you must fully understand where they come from. You may not know this, but there are many causes of eye bags and under-eye wrinkles. There are environmental factors — like sun exposure and allergies — that can make your under-eyes look puffier and darker. There are also more uncontrollable factors, like genetics, that can cause eye bags.
So, if you spend a lot of time in the sun or struggle with allergies, your skin is likely more prone to developing puffy, sagging skin — especially in the under-eye area. And if you have naturally thin, pale skin, it’s easier to see dark eye bags that just won’t budge.
While many small factors contribute to the development of eye bags, there are two (more treatable) leading causes:
Lack of sleep:
One of the most common causes of eye bags is lack of sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep at night, you wake up tired and more prone to feeling stressed. And when you’re tired or stressed, blood circulation in your skin tends to slow, causing the eye area to become darker and puffier. This can make eye bags and dark circles look more prominent and leave you with tired-looking skin.
When you get enough sleep at night, you not only have the time to rest your body, but you can also wake up with an overall well-rested look and refreshed eyes. (We’ll share more specific tips on how to improve your sleep later!)
The Natural Aging Process
Another — and likely more frustrating — cause of eye bags and under-eye wrinkles is aging. As you probably already know, the most prominent signs of aging include fine lines and wrinkles. That’s because as you get older, your facial skin becomes thinner, looser, and more prone to sagging. And as your skin begins to sag, your under-eyes can develop dark bags and puffiness.
And while it may seem like diminishing eye bags is a lost cause, there are some ways to help get rid of them. Keep reading to learn how!
How can I treat eye bags?
If you want to get back to the firmer, younger-looking skin you deserve, you must take the necessary steps to treat your under-eye area overall. Targeting your eye bags and under-eye wrinkles with different techniques and products will not only help you look younger but will also give you a more refreshed and “awakened” look all day long.
Of course, there are non-invasive procedures, like fillers, lasers, and chemical peels meant to plump your skin and remove layers of sagging skin. There’s also the surgical eye lift that tightens skin and smooths out eye bags. However, if you do opt for one of these options, just remember the results won’t last forever, cost up to thousands of dollars per treatment, and the recovery can be tiresome and painful.
While these different procedures can help reduce the appearance of eye bags, there are some easier, painless options you can try at home first. Here are three easy steps to help reduce the look of eye bags and under-eye wrinkles for a younger, more refreshed appearance:
Step 1: Sleep Well & Stay Hydrated
As discussed above, lack of sleep plays a significant role in causing eye bags and under-eye wrinkles. If you have regular late nights, or if you’re someone who struggles with insomnia, chances are, you know how frustrating it can be to wake up in the morning with dark eye bags. So, to ensure a more refreshed, youthful appearance when you wake up, you must prioritize getting enough sleep at night.
If possible, you should get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. This will not only help keep your body rested but will give your skin a refreshed look too! Here are just a few ways you can encourage a good night of sleep every night:
- Stop drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages 3-5 hours before bedtime.
- Turn off electronics and don’t watch TV 1-2 hours before going to sleep.
- Try meditation techniques to ease your mind before heading to bed.
(While the average adult usually needs eight hours of sleep at night, we recommend consulting with your doctor to ensure you’re getting enough sleep for your lifestyle and body.)
Not only is it super important to get enough sleep at night, but how you sleep can also affect the look of eye bags and under-eye wrinkles. One way to help get rid of eye bags is by sleeping with your head elevated. Elevating your head at night prevents fluid build-up in your under-eyes to combat puffiness and, in turn, diminish the appearance of dark eye bags. To get the elevation you need, simply add an extra pillow under your head to prop yourself up a bit. And you’ll be left with firmer, less noticeable eye bags in no time!
Needless to say, when your body is properly rested, you’ll be left with a plumper, more “awakened” look that will have everyone wondering what you’ve done to get such youthful-looking skin.
Another small change you can make to help reduce the appearance of eye bags and under-eye wrinkles is by drinking plenty of water. When you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, you not only keep your body hydrated, but your skin also gets the boost it needs to remain plump and firm — making it harder for your skin to develop visible signs of aging.
(Again, we definitely recommend discussing your water intake with your doctor, as the recommended amount may differ from person to person.)
Step 2: Try At-Home Remedies
Another easy way to diminish the appearance of eye bags and wrinkles is by using what you already have in your kitchen at home. Not only are at-home remedies more effective than you might think, but they don’t require much and can be done at your own convenience, too! There are several different techniques that can awaken your under-eyes, but here are two at-home remedies you can try now:
Use a Cold Compress
Reducing the appearance of eye bags can be as easy as applying a cold compress made with materials you already have at home. You can use a bag of frozen vegetables, a cold cucumber slice, or even a chilled teaspoon. To use a cold compress, simply wrap your tool of choice with a soft cloth to keep your skin from getting too cold, and hold it against your under-eye area for 1-3 minutes. For best results, you should use a cold compress first thing in the morning to keep eye bags at bay all day long.
While this technique won’t get rid of your eye bags forever, it is a quick and easy fix that can help reduce swelling and restore a more awakened look — leaving you with a refreshed, youthful appearance in just a few minutes.
Use a Tea Bag
Another easy, at-home remedy that can help reduce the look of eye bags and wrinkles is applying a tea bag to your eyes. Not only is this a more natural, affordable solution to getting rid of eye puffiness and dark circles, but it’s super calming, too. Here’s how to use a tea bag to improve the overall appearance of eye bags:
- Steep two bags of tea for 3-5 minutes, then squeeze the excess liquid from the bags.
- Allow the tea bags to cool down before placing them on your eyes (you can chill them in the refrigerator to save time).
- Apply the tea bags to your closed eyes, and let them sit for 15-30 minutes.
For best results, you should use caffeinated tea (like black or green tea) to help decrease the look of puffiness, visibly firm your skin, and refresh your eyes.
Step 3: Use Eye-Targeted Skin Care Products
The final and most crucial step to getting rid of dark eye bags is using skin care products that work to firm, plump, and smooth your eye area for an overall younger appearance. Now, there are a ton of options out there that claim to remove eye bags and wrinkles, so shopping for new products can be an overwhelming process. But we’ve got you covered with some of the best solutions that work for everyone!
Here are three skin care products designed to target eye bags and under-eye wrinkles for a more radiant, youthful look:
Under Eye Recovery
If you want to ensure smoother, firmer-looking under-eyes, look no further than Under Eye Recovery. Under Eye Recovery is an advanced eye treatment that visibly brightens, hydrates, and smooths skin under your eyes to restore a youthful-looking appearance. Using powerful ingredients, it instantly targets your delicate under-eyes to provide a well-rested look that lasts. In addition to reducing the look of eye bags and dark circles, Under Eye Recovery is also designed to:
- Minimize the appearance of fine lines for an overall smoother look & feel.
- Visibly tighten skin around the eyes to restore a more “lifted” look.
- Reduce the look of puffiness to promote a firmer, more taut appearance.
To use, gently pat Under Eye Recovery onto your under-eye area after cleansing your skin. The treatment can be applied twice a day — morning and night. We definitely recommend applying it during your nighttime skin care routine, and you’ll wake up with brighter, more refreshed-looking under-eyes after just one use.
Advanced Eye Cream
Advanced Eye Cream is a rich cream that delivers deep hydration and antioxidants to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and wrinkles. Designed to increase the look of skin firmness and smoothness, this cream helps promote a brighter, plumper, more youthful appearance. Along with reducing the appearance of sagging skin around the eyes, Advanced Eye Cream also:
- Helps protect skin against free radical damage to promote a firm, supple look.
- Moisturizes skin to smooth the look of fine lines and rejuvenate your eye area.
- Promotes thicker-looking skin for a refreshed, well-rested appearance.
To use Advanced Eye Cream, gently pat a pea-sized amount of product around your eye. It’s important to remember to be gentle with your skin when you use eye cream, as pulling can increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For best results, Advanced Eye Cream should be applied 1-2 times a day: once during your morning skin care routine and once at night.
Eye Revive Firming Serum
One final skin care product you should add to your routine to treat eye bags is Eye Revive Firming Serum. Eye Revive is a firming serum that works to visibly tighten the skin around your delicate eye area for a more youthful look. Made with naturally derived ingredients, it’s formulated to visibly hydrate, tighten, and “lift” skin from your brow bone to your under-eye so you can look in the mirror and see the smoother, younger-looking skin of your dreams. Along with creating a hydrating and tightening effect, Eye Revive is designed to:
- Reduce the look of sagging skin to promote firmer, younger-looking eyes.
- “Fill in” the look of crow’s feet for a smoother appearance all over.
- Deeply nourish your skin for a soft and supple feel that lasts.
To apply Eye Revive, simply use the ceramic applicator tip to massage the product into your skin. You should apply the serum twice a day from your brow bone to your under-eye. And voila! You’ll be left with firmer, younger-looking eyes in no time. (A little tip: to take your treatment even further, try keeping Eye Revive in the refrigerator to chill the ceramic applicator. The cold applicator combined with the serum will work wonders for stubborn eye bags!)
Needless to say, if you’re someone who struggles with eye bags and wrinkles, chances are, your under-eye area could use a little extra love. And when you take the proper steps to rest your body and care for your skin, you’ll be left with the brighter, more refreshed-looking skin of your dreams — no matter how tired you are. Because when you target eye bags and wrinkles with effective techniques and skin care products, your under-eyes will look smoother, firmer, and more lifted in no time.
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